The Golden Hour of Beer Drinking

The Golden Hour of drinking and photography, combined

I don’t think it’s talked about enough: A good beer buzz.

Maybe you are a normal fuck. You don’t need beer or pot to open up an environment for you to act like a normal person.

Sadly (or not), I need a beer or two to actually enjoy things. To think like a norm.

That came out wrong; I enjoy things without beer. I am not THAT bad off. But my anxiety filled mind quiets down a bit after a good beer or two.

The right music and a second beer in? I am usually feeling pretty good. A nice buzz, man. That’s what I like, what I need. It’s a big part of why I like beer.

That’s the “Golden Hour” in beer drinking. For filmmakers it’s that last hour of light, when everything looks magical on film.

For beer drinking it’s that buzz after two beers. It doesn’t last long, maybe an hour – one foot in reality, awake and still making good decisions, one foot into a mind altered state where everything is kinda fun.

I am not afraid to admit it. A nice little buzz is what I look for most drinking sessions. I like it. It’s nice. It should be enjoyed and talked about more often.

Cheers to a nice buzz! 🍻🎉

I Had These Beers and Didn’t Get A Buzz, I’m Broken

Zapped On Zappa
Alvarado Street XPA
King Sue IPA
Bare bottle
Why you guys give me no buzz!?

The other day I had the four beers you see above. That’s enough beer to do a little damage, right? One should feel some damn thing after those.

Yeah, well, I didn’t. Never caught a magical buzz all evening.

Have I become THAT tolerant of beer? Is my ATL (Alcohol Tolerance Level) at scary levels? Let’s break it down.

Beer One:

  • Alvarado Street’s “XPA” Pale Ale. 5%. 16oz. Drank around 5PM

Beer Two:

  • Original Pattern Brewing’s “Zapped On Zappa”. IPA. 7%. 16oz. Drank around 6PM.

Okay, so, here is where the buzz should be happening. But at that moment I stopped for dinner, took a jog-walk with the child, did the dishes.

Any chance of a nice buzz is interrupted by life.

Beer Three:

  • Bare Bottle Beer Co. “Dusty JR” Hazy Pale Ale. 5.6%. 16oz can. Drank around 8PM. 

Beer Four:

  • Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. “King Sue” DIPA. 7.8%. 16oz can. Drank around 9:30PM.

Here is where things are a little cloudy. I think there is some falling asleep in front of the TV happening at this time. If a buzz was there to be enjoyed, I napped through it.

So, maybe I am not broken, my system for getting a buzz is? 

I remember enjoying the beers, that’s the main thing. But if getting a buzz is also the intent, a little more focus is needed.

Thanks for coming to my Beer Talk.